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A spittoon.

[Portuguese, from cuspir, to spit, from Latin cōnspuere, to spit upon : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + spuere, to spit.]


another word (esp US) for spittoon
[C18: from Portuguese, from cuspir to spit, from Latin conspuere, from spuere to spit]


(ˈkʌs pɪˌdɔr)

a large bowl, often of metal, serving as a receptacle for spit, esp. from chewing tobacco.
[1770–80; < Portuguese: literally, spitter =cusp(ir) to spit « Latin conspuere to cover with spit]


A receptacle for spit, usually from either snuff dipping or tobacco chewing. Generally considered the same as a Spittoon, although spittoons tended to be shorter than cuspidors.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cuspidor - a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)cuspidor - a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)
receptacle - a container that is used to put or keep things in


[ˈkʌspɪdɔːʳ] N (US) → escupidera f, salivadera f (S. Cone)


n (US) → Spucknapf m
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The New Instinctivism" begins "A proclamation of rebellion against the puerilities in the arts and literature, a manifesto of disgust, a gob of spit in the cuspidor of post-war conceits, a healthy crap in the cradle of stillborn deities.
Doctors are able to Radius-mount a monitor, light, control, cuspidor, and assistant's arm.
Or the famous bullfighter song "Toreador," from the opera "Carmen" ("Toreador don't spit upon the floor, there's the cuspidor, that's what it's for").
In the test allegedly conducted at the dental school located in Davao Region, high mercury vapor levels were measured at the cuspidor and trays, which had 1,069 nanograms per cubic meter and 1,018 ng/m3, respectively.
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The author-narrator had an awful experience of moving into the urban center of Shanghai when she was barely one: she was sitting on a cuspidor in a train--a disgusting container on a classic means of modern migration--because she had diarrhea, and the first place she visited upon arrival was an emergency room.
Lodge, one of Detroit's most-respected mayors, wrote his memoirs in 1949, he reminisced fondly about the days when Detroit had been one of the hubs of the tobacco industry and tobacco use so prevalent that his favorite teacher kept a cuspidor under his desk and the governor of Michigan was a tobacco manufacturer.
As each episode of The Rifleman began, "McCain" would let loose 12 shots quicker than a gob of spit could hit the cuspidor.
The filters are available to fit almost every canister, saliva ejector and cuspidor bowl and to fit like a cap on any standard high-volume evacuator tip.
The fact Arsene Wenger has reverted to 'see, hear and say nothing' mode tends to back Hull's claim although in big club v little club, the FA's record is as dodgy as a leaking cuspidor.
Filtered reagent grade water, unsalted crackers and a cuspidor were provided for rinsing the palate and expectoration.
Without much persuasion," according to a crime-beat reporter, "Hunt was induced to stand with the cuspidor on his head.